News for Wednesday, May 3, 2000

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Council adds to 'wish list'

City Council President Kevin Bennett said this week he would like to see the city's contribution to the Yampa Valley Land Trust increased next year from $35,000 to $65,000, an 85 percent jump.

Fire chief feels election vindicates his position

Now that a new majority has been elected to the West Routt Fire Protection District board of directors, the fate of Fire Chief Bryan Rickman's current job may be a bit more secure. "I'm glad the public turned out in support of me that is essentially what happened," Rickman said.

Absentee voters decided water board election

Absentee voters were the deciding factor in Tuesday's water district election that replaced three incumbents with three new board members. "Had the election depended on the votes counted at the polling place it would have been completely opposite," Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District election official and district manager Steve Colby said.

Master agreement talks begin for local teachers

The Steamboat Springs Board of Education and staff started the first of three days of discussion about a master agreement Wednesday night. Board President Dan Birch cautioned participants that the meeting was meant to be informational rather than confrontational.

Building of decel lanes slows traffic on U.S. 40

Traffic on portions of U.S. 40 in Steamboat Springs was restricted to a single lane early this week as construction crews built new deceleration lanes for two development projects the Kum and Go and the Mid-Valley Business Center.

Construction company pleads not guilty to erosion-control violations

A construction company owner cited for violating the city's erosion-control laws pleaded not guilty in municipal court Wednesday.

Forest Service readying for lynx

Federal endangered listing of cat might impact backcountry recreation in Routt National Forest

Winter recreation and logging likely will be impacted after Routt National Forest officials adjust their management plans to make room for the lynx an animal that hasn't been seen around here in decades.

Aspen buys into beef program

Yampa Valley Beef is coming off its best year ever and now the company is setting its sights on expanding sales to Aspen Skiing Co. The local company that started as a good idea has now grown to the point that it sells 20,000 pounds of beef a year.

Crisis in care: Budget cuts are bad medicine

Born more than a month premature, tiny Jack Strotbeck needs regular medical attention. His parents are thankful that means visits at home from trained nurses rather than trips to a doctor's office.

Middle school hosting tree sale to help build ice-climbing wall

Proceeds from the sale of cottonwoods, aspens and spruce trees may someday help build an outdoor ice climbing wall at the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

Landfill goes back to planning group

Twin Landfill Corp. will try again tonight to win Routt County's approval for a new repair and maintenance building at the Milner Landfill.

Admitted thieves may face other charges

Undersheriff believes trio of burglary suspects is behind additional crimes

County authorities are trying to link three teenagers who admitted to stealing a gun out of a Phippsburg man's locked truck to four other rifles stolen from a south Routt County resident.

Runners take on Spirit Challenge Saturday

For a little more than 15 years, Steamboat Springs runner Larry Handing has looked forward to the first race of the season in Steamboat Springs.

Power grid link to cost $20,000

Town needs to put in upgrade before electricity can be sent from generator

The planned upgrade to Oak Creek's new power-generating system to ensure it can put energy on an electric power grid is a good example how difficult it is to get into the energy business, Western Area Power Administration Engineer John Wetzel said.